Cervical diseases are among the leading causes of death in Mexican women.
LifeDrop is the name of the new feminine panty protector that Mexican students created to detect vaginal infections.
In an interview for EFE, María Fernanda Nava, one of the creators, commented that the device is similar to a panty protector, only that it is conditioned with natural and hypoallergenic intelligent spheres.
These spheres, detailed, change color depending on the pH of the woman, and if there is some type of infection in the intimate area tonality becomes an intense pink.
With this the woman will be able to know, thanks to the information contained in the package, if her intimate health is good or she should go to the gynecologist as soon as possible.
The project, also called LifeDrop, emerged after the students realized that cervical diseases are among the leading causes of death in Mexican women.
In the same way, they understood that one way to prevent them is with an early diagnosis of any change in the fluids of the vaginal area. According to data from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), 75% of Mexican women have submitted one at least once in their life.
This development seeks to combat vaginal infections quickly, effectively, disposable and at very low cost, as well as providing protection to women during their period.
In addition, Nava noted that this device seeks to leave aside more invasive methods that often generate fears or fear in women when making tests.
This sometimes the shore to not even dare to go to a gynecological consultation
According to Nava, the creators hope that anyone can acquire it, especially because ” there is no socioeconomic status or age for you to get a vaginal infection .”
In the same way, he explained that they hope that it can have an accessible cost, because at the moment they estimate that the price could oscillate around five pesos (0.26 dollars) per piece.
We would like to have a social impact by supporting those who do not have access to these tests. It is what we are looking for
He explained that they have the patent process ready but they have met with investors “because we want to work more on the development to have a product closer to what would be in the market”.
In the technological development and its business model, Nava and Adriana Vargas, students of the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, worked with a multidisciplinary team.
The project, which also involved Javier Ceballos, a student of Biotechnology Engineering from the same institution, was awarded in Chile. “LifeDrop achieved the first place in the Jump Chile 2018,” said Nava.
This event aims to encourage higher education students to transform their ideas into business models to form a new generation of entrepreneurs and change agents with global impact.
Being the winner of the Jump Chile contest was only the first step with which we hope to continue developing the technology of the protector
Source: EFE, El Debate, infobae
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